Originally Posted by applejuice
As for the Assumption, yes, tales and rumors were around for centuries before Vatican I, but it was not official until Vatican I.
This is a highly inaccurate statement demstrating a lack of knowledge of the Catholic Church and how She works. The Catholic Church rests upon two things: Tradition and Scripture.
Therein lies the basis of all of our doctrine and dogma. Theologically, there is no difference for Catholics between doctrine and dogma. Catholics are obliged under pain of mortal sin to believe both doctrine and dogma.
The only difference between doctrine and dogma is that a doctrine becomes dogma when it is given an explicit definition, by the Pope, under some very specific conditions whereby he is given the explicit protection of the Holy Ghost, and this is known as speaking ex cathedra
But, this is in no way a reinvention of, a change to, or a creation of a particular doctrine. It is a restatement
of the doctrine, unchanged
, that has always
been taught since the earliest days of the Apostles. A doctrine is usually elevated to the staus of dogma by the calling of a Council, and this is done when a particular doctrine is being questioned and attacked and heresies are spreading in relation to that doctrine. Elevating it to dogmatic status is meant to squash the heresy.
To say that "tales and rumors" of the Blessed Virgin Mary's Assumption were "around" is completely wrong and diminishes the seriousness of the doctrine, and to say that the reality of Her Assumption for Catholics did not become "official" until Vatican I is highly inaccurate.